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Old 02-21-2005, 04:52 AM   #1
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reading ntfs files on fedora 3

I just installed Fedora Core 3 on my computer and I like it so far, but I can't read any of my files from Windows XP SP2.

I searched for it at google and i keep reading about if the kernel supports ntfs or editing fstab or something like that and to be honest, it's driving me nuts! How, in very newbie terms, can I read my XP files under Fedora 3? I'm afraid if I edit the fstab or recompiling the kernel will crash the system thus reinstalling it again. Also does anyone know if the Fedora Core 3 kernel supports NTFS by default? And if so, how do I check it?
Old 02-21-2005, 05:37 AM   #2
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Don't panic!

can you display the output of these commands (as root)?

fdisk -l
cat /etc/fstab

Then we get an idea of your system.

It's pretty easy to read the NTFS file system, but you can't write to it (much).

I'm not a Fedora person (boo hiss red hat)
But most distros include NTFS read support - it's certainly in any modern kernel.

If it's not in your kernel then you may have to load the module. But that's not too hard either.

Old 02-21-2005, 07:11 AM   #3
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My solution (works)

Have always a look at Fedora-Faq. This page is really good:

And this is what you need:

How to get that running:
Download-Page: Fedora-Faq-NTFS
Download the NTFS-RPM-Packages, NOT the kernel-modules

It's really easy. In absolutely short install procedure: (if you have the actual kernel)

[admin@server /]# su -

[root@server /]# uname -r

[root@server /]# wget
[root@server /]# rpm -i -v ./kernel-module-ntfs-2.6.10-1.766_FC3-2.1.22-0.rr.4.3.i686.rpm
[root@server /]# mkdir /mnt/windows
[root@server /]# fdisk -l
Gerät Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hda1   *           1        3920    31487368+   7  HPFS/NTFS    <--------
/dev/hda2            3921        3933      104422+  83  Linux
[root@server /]# mount -t ntfs /dev/hda1 /mnt/windows
Note that you can NTFS just read only with this drivers. (Writing isn't recommended anyway.)
greets, coder22
Old 02-22-2005, 05:27 PM   #4
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what is fdisk? seems when i try to run it, it says command not found...
Old 02-22-2005, 05:42 PM   #5
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fdisk accesses the partition tables of the drive. If trying to use this as a user it will not be found because /sbin is not in your. Also a user cannot use fdisk unless you change permission or add by sudoers. You need to be root to use it. Follow whaqt coder22 talks about.
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ah, thanks for the help guys, I appreciate it!


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